Degenerative Myelopathy DM2017-11-10T23:02:16+00:00

Test Name: Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Description: Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs; loss of coordination (ataxia) in the hind limbs, weakness, dragging feet, and, as it progresses, loss of urinary and fecal continence. This is not a painful disease.

Testing organization:  Tests for non-symptomatic dogs done in cooperation with OFA.  Liz Hansen at the University of Missouri should be contacted if you or your vet suspect he or she has DM.

Regular Price: $65.00 per test | $50.00 for dogs showing clinical signs with blood sample sent directly to the lab ONLY!

Method and Test Ordering Instructions: Order test for dogs NOT exhibiting symptoms by going to the OFA website:

Direct questions to:

For information about DM testing: University of Missouri 

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals 


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On December 17, 2002 the organization changed it’s name from the Collie Club of America Foundation to the Collie Health Foundation in order to give the Foundation a unique identity separate from the Collie Club of America and more clearly represent our mission.

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